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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

SYNODOS
(Part 54)

GOD’S MERCY


April 11, 2015

The issues with regard to human sexuality (cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, same-sex unions), with liberals looking to accommodation and traditionals unwilling to compromise the faith, will hinge in large measure on the meaning of “mercy and compassion.”

Cardinal Kasper says that a focus on God’s mercy will show the real face of God. Indeed, for God is love and mercy. He says the coming Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to recognize our own need for mercy and to show mercy to others. Indeed, for we are all sinners needing God’s mercy, and to receive mercy we must extend mercy to others. Mercy is a crucial Christian virtue.

But Cardinal Kasper wants to give communion to the divorced and remarried, and to see good in homosexuality. In the name of mercy. Well, that is false mercy.

Cardinal Kasper himself cites criticism that his emphasis on God’s mercy has softened traditional Catholic teaching. Indeed it has and does. If we are now to turn a blind eye and accept sinful situations, if we are not to try to bring our brethren out of their sin, perhaps out of a desire not to offend them, then that is false mercy.

Cardinal Kasper says practicing mercy toward’s one’s foes is a demanding exercise. Very true. But we do not look on those in irregular situations as our enemies. They are rather precisely our brethren and our friends, and we want the best for them. What is best for them is not false mercy or cheap grace, but rather tough love.

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Cardinal Kasper: Year of Mercy 'corresponds to the signs of the times'

Catholic World News - April 10, 2015

Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose book on God’s mercy drew special praise from Pope Francis, has said that the Jubilee Year of Mercy “corresponds to the signs of the times today.”

Speaking to Vatican Radio, in anticipation of the ceremony at which Pope Francis will officially promulgate the “bull of indiction” for the Holy Year, Cardinal Kasper said that a focus on God’s mercy would show “the real face of God,” correcting the common impression that Christians believe in a stern, vengeful God.

Moreover, the German cardinal continued, the Year of Mercy will be an opportunity for Christians to recognize their own need for God’s mercy and to show mercy toward others. He suggested “deeds of mercy, of love and caritas” during the year. Cardinal Kasper rejected criticism that his emphasis on God’s mercy has softened traditional Catholic teaching. In fact, he said, practicing mercy toward one’s foes is a demanding exercise, far removed from the “cheap Christianity” that some of his critics have perceived in his work.

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